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Dressel rockets 46.96, Aussie relay breaks WR, Seto hunts down 200m IM title

On the day of speeding, USA’s Caeleb Dressel became the first man swimming the 100m free under 47sec wearing a textile suit. The Australian 4x200m free relay brought down another shiny World Record from 2009, while fellow Aussie Matthew Wilson equalled the 200m breast WR in the semis. Japan’s Daya Seto, specialist in the 400m IM, claimed the 200m title for the first time in his career, while Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas stunned the field and touched first to keep the 200m fly titles in Hungarian possession here.

World Championships 2019
Gwangju (KOR)
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26Jul2019

For countries with no swimming pools, creativity and support is the key to success

It’s a year of firsts at the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju and not just world record times. Some swimmers are either representing their country or competing on a worldwide stage for the first time, including swimmers from Bhutan, Vanuatu and St. Kitts and Nevis.

Young athletes now more than ever have the opportunity to participate in competitive swimming thanks to FINA’s development program. The program boasts 80 scholarships annually to athletes who don’t have the financial or technical means to compete in the sport at a higher level.

World Championships 2019
Gwangju, Korea
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25Jul2019

USA Water Polo: potential for a dynasty

There’s the potential for a dynasty to be cemented this week in Gwangju. If the women of U.S. water polo team continue their win streak to take home the gold medal they will become the first to win three world titles in a row. They have been dubbed by many as the “Queens of Water Polo,” with 11 FINA world titles and five Olympic medals since their silver medal in the Sydney 2000 games.

If you ask head coach Adam Krikorian what makes the team so dominant, he’ll say it comes down to a hard working culture.

World Championships
Gwangju, Korea
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25Jul2019

Michael Phelps: “My hat’s off to Kristof”

The last man to beat a Michael Phelps’ World Record was Serbia’s Milorad Cavic in Rome in the semis of the 100m fly – only to see that Phelps regained his WR on the very next day while winning the event at the 2009 World Championships. Since then: no one could get even close to an MP WR. Then came 24 July 2019, 20.42 in the evening here in Gwangju, at the FINA World Championships.

World Championships 2019
Gwangju (KOR)
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25Jul2019

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